We have a small 8-pack of games in the majors on Thursday, beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET with the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals. There are a lot good matchups happening across the league that will feature a ton of betting implications.
After a 1-1 split last week, we went a solid 2-1 in our best bets for Wednesday’s slate, which included a plus-money prop win. Our first winning best bet came from the San Francisco Giants (-140), who were down 3-0 going into the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies. But they came back to score seven unanswered runs between the sixth and ninth innings to win 7-4 over the Rockies.
Lastly, we picked up a plus-money prop win on Wednesday night, thanks to Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi. He went over 6.5 strikeouts (+115) against Tampa Bay as he recorded 8 strikeouts in 7.0 IP.
Here we’re going to be tracking all the best MLB picks based on the odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook for Thursday’s baseball action.
MLB picks for Thursday, September 9th — Record YTD (46-42)
Cleveland Indians (-145) vs. Minnesota Twins
Despite losing three consecutive games to the Twins, Cleveland still finds themselves as a considerable favorite heading into Thursday’s series finale. The Indians, who have been held to zero runs in two straight games, should be able to get back into the win column against Twins starting pitcher Randy Dobnak. He hasn’t pitched well this season with a record of 1-7 and 7.64 ERA through 14 games (6 starts). In his last outing, the 26-year-old allowed 5 earned runs in 7.0 IP against the Tampa Bays on the road. Before last week’s start, Dobnak last pitched in the majors in June, where he gave up 7 earned runs and had an ERA of 9.87.
If Cleveland’s offense, which has some power hitting in their lineup, can’t put up any runs on Dobnak then they could be looking at their fourth straight loss. However, I think Cal Quantrill can shut down the Twins’ offense, which has scored 4.2 runs per game in their last 5 games. Quantrill has been outstanding since the All-Star break, posting a 2.07 ERA and 3-1 record in 10 starts.
John Means over 4.5 strikeouts (-110) vs. Kansas City
For our last play of the night, we are going to go with an ole fashioned strikeout player prop. Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means has a favorable number and odds that looks obtainable based on his recent starts. The 28-year-old has been the Orioles’ best pitcher by far this season with a 5-6 ERA and 3.47 ERA. He has gone over 4.5 strikeouts in 14 out of 21 starts this season, which includes 5 out of his last 6 outings.
Means will be going up against a Royals’ offense that only struck five times on Wednesday night and averages 7.89 strikeouts per game. However, their strikeout average goes up to 8.31 per game on the road.
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